Germany (officially the Federal Republic of Germany) is a country in Europe. It has the largest economy in the European Union, and is one of the political and technological leaders on the continent.
The German national football team, also known as “Die Mannschaft”, played its first international match back in 1908. Germany is one of the biggest football countries. It has won three UEFA EURO Championships (1972, 1980, 1996), and lost another three finals. On international level, the team has won the FIFA World Cup three times (1954, 1974, 1990), got the silver medal four times, and finished in top four twelve times. Before EURO 2012, all-time top goalscorer is Gerd Müller with the impressive 68 goals.